Sunday, 5 October 2014

Lawrence Flanagan’s journey home for Christmas 1919

We discovered earlier in this document that in November 1919 Lawrence Flanagan journeyed home from New York to visit his family at the Saw Mill in Moate. He arrived at Moville on the Donegal side of Lough Foyle on 17 November 1919 on the Columbia. He stayed in Ireland until late into January 1920.

A witness statement recorded by the Bureau of Military History in 1956, taken from an I.R.A. adjutant named Michael McCormack who was a volunteer with the Athlone Brigade between 1914 until 1921, provides this memory of how Lawrence Flanagan passed on a military dispatch from Liam Mellows:

“I should have mentioned earlier that when Liam Mellows went to the U.S.A. after the Rebellion he got in touch with one of the priests in the Carmelite Friary in New York. In 1920, Father O’Flanagan from Sawmills House, Moate, came home from the U.S.A. on a visit to his home and he gave me a message—a dispatch in fact, from Mellows encouraging us to continue in the fight for freedom. Father O’Flanagan told me all about Liam Mellows and what he was doing for “Dark Rosaleen” in America.     

Statue of an IRA volunteer in Athlone with inscription




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